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Master of Education Initial Teacher Licensure

To inquire about this program:
Susan Long 1-800-325-0900, ext. 4116 or 865-531-4116 susan.long@LMUnet.edu

The Master of Education in Initial Teacher Licensure (MEdITL) Program offers an opportunity to adults who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Our accelerated rigorous program is ideal for individuals looking for a career change or who have obtained a degree in a desired field, but have not yet received a teaching license. In MEdITL, candidates may pursue the following endorsement areas:

Elementary Education Visual Art (grades K-12) Biology (grades 6-12)  Business (grades 6-12)
Chemistry (grades 6-12) English (grades 6-12) History (grades 6-12) Mathematics (grades 6-12)
  Physical Education (grades K-12)  
Special Education: Interventionist (grades K-8 or 6-12) or Comprehensive (grades K-12) Add-On Endorsement for teachers holding initial Tennessee licensure

 
The MEdITL program has a unique structure that is ideal for busy adults. Courses are delivered in hybrid, online, and face-to-face formats.

Students Seeking Elementary (grades K-5) Licensure:

For the first two semesters, candidates will attend class approximately ten Saturdays per semester. These classes are set far in advance and attendance is required. In addition, candidates will have one or two weekday afternoon/evening (4:00-6:30PM and 7:00-9:30 PM) class per week. The weeknight classes are methods of teaching courses and focus on how to teach different subject areas (mathematics, social studies, literacy, etc.). During the summer, elementary candidates will still have the weekly methods courses, but no Saturday classes. As long as candidates have met requirements, they will be ready to student teach the following semester.

Students Seeking Secondary (grades K-12 or 6-12) Licensure:

For the first two Fall and Spring semesters, candidates will attend class approximately ten Saturdays per semester. These classes are set far in advance and attendance is required. In addition, candidates will have one weekday afternoon/evening (4:00-6:30PM and 7:00-9:30PM) class per week. These class meeting dates are set far in advance and attendance is required. There is no required summer coursework for secondary candidates, but we do have MEd electives that many candidates opt to take. As long as candidates have met requirements, they will be ready to student teach the following semester.

Student teaching is such an exciting time for our MEdITL candidates! It gives our candidates the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge that they have been acquiring over the previous year of coursework. Student teaching consists of being in the classroom full-time for one semester (approximately 16 weeks). Candidates have two placements during this semester–one in a lower grade of your endorsement, and one in a higher grade.

edTPA is a national teacher performance assessment. The candidate is required to complete and satisfactorily pass edTPA while enrolled in EDUC 591 or EDUC 593 courses. The candidate will submit an edTPA portfolio to Pearson for national scoring (www.edtpa.com), and must successfully complete and pass edTPA in their licensure areas as defined by the state of Tennessee. The candidate must meet or exceed the state required cut score to be licensed to teach in Tennessee, effective January 1, 2019. A Tennessee state-required passing edTPA score in the licensure area must be achieved in order to pass Transition III (EDUC 591 and EDUC 593).

LMU will provide guidance and support, but it is the candidate’s responsibility to successfully complete the edTPA portfolio in order to achieve licensure. LMU will provide support for the video components, portfolio submission, and preparing the candidate to complete and understand the rubrics associated with the candidate’s licensure area.

PRAXIS® exams are proficiency exams required for licensure in Tennessee. Passing exams pertinent to the area of certification is required as a pre-requisite for student teaching. PRAXIS® exams required for licensure by subject area can be obtained by contacting the MEdITL Office. The PRAXIS® exams are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Additional information about each test can be reviewed on the ETS website: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/dates_centers/?WT.ac=praxis_overwrite_39162_register_centersdate_180206.

Licensure programs are offered in:

  • Elementary Education (K-5)
  • Education (K-12) - Physical Education, Visual Arts
  • Secondary Education (6-12) - Business Education/Technology, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics
  • Special Education Interventionist (K-8, 6-12) and Comprehensive (K-12)

 

Elementary majors complete the following Professional Education Core courses:

  • Fall or Spring Semester-EDUC 570 Introduction to Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
  • Fall or Spring Semester-EDUC 571 Extending and Refining Knowledge of Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
  • Following Fall Semester or later-EDUC 591 Enhanced Student Teaching (6 hours)
    Total Professional Education Core hours: 18 hours

Elementary majors also complete the following Elementary Education Methods courses for licensure:

  • EDUC 572 Early Childhood and Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 573 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in K-5 (3 hours)
  • EDUC 576 Methods of Teaching Science in K-5 (3 hours)
  • EDUC 577 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in K-5 (3 hours)
  • EDUC 578 Methods of Teaching Literacy in Elementary School (3 hours)
  • EDUC 579 Reading Diagnosis and Correction (3 hours)
    Total Elementary Education Methods Core hours: 18 hours
    The total number of required hours for elementary major licensure is 36, consisting of 18 hours of the Professional Education Core courses and 18 hours of Elementary Education Methods Core courses.

For Elementary majors who wish to earn the Master of Education in Initial Teacher Licensure degree plus recommendation for licensure, the following additional courses are required:

  • EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 511 Research and Statistics (3 hours)

Total Master of Education Electives: 6 hours

Total required hours for the MEd degree in Initial Teacher Licensure: 42 hours

 

For secondary majors, the total number of hours for licensure is 24, in addition to the bachelor’s degree. Secondary candidates may apply for licensure after completing the professional core, required deficiency coursework, required testing, and student teaching.

Secondary majors complete the following Professional Education Core courses:

  • Fall or Spring Semester-EDUC 570 Introduction to Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
  • Fall or Spring Semester-EDUC 571 Extending and Refining Knowledge of Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
  • EDUC 580 Secondary Methods in Teaching (3 hours)
  • CI 509 Content Literacy (3 hours)
  • Following Fall Semester or later-EDUC 591 Enhanced Student Teaching (6 hours)
    Total Professional Education Core hours: 24 hours

For Secondary majors who wish to earn the Master of Education in Initial Teacher Licensure degree plus recommendation for licensure, the following additional courses are required:

  • EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 511 Research and Statistics (3 hours)
  • CI 501 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 572 Early Childhood and Adolescent Child Development (3 hours)

Complete 6 hours from the following courses:

  • EDUC 592 Diversity and Equity Issues (3 hours)
  • CI 512 Educational Practice and Innovation (3 hours)
  • CI 516 Motivational Theory/Environment (3 hours)
  • IL 541 School/Community Partnerships (3 hours)

Total Master of Education Electives: 18 hours

Total required hours for the MEd degree in Initial Teacher Licensure: 42 hours

 

Job Embedded Program Requirements

Beginning in the fall of 2017, LMU received approval from the State of Tennessee to allow secondary majors in high need job placement content areas (English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology) to apply for admission in the Job Embedded Program during their completion of EDUC 571. Acceptance in the Job Embedded Program is not an automatic approval. The applicant MUST complete and comply with the following to be considered for admission:

  • Hold a minimum of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale, or have a minimum 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of a completed baccalaureate degree.
  • Submission of passing scores on PRAXIS® Subject Assessments for the licensure the candidate is applying to teach.  
  • Official Letter of Intent to Hire from a collaborative partnering Tennessee school systems stating position, subject area, and grade level for which the candidate is being hired.
  • Meet all employment eligibility requirements for employment at the partnership school district.
  • Completion of course 570 and 571 with a grade of B or higher preferably prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Interview and approval by the Job Embedded Candidate Review Committee.

 

Job Embedded Program Curriculum:

PHASE I (Must be completed prior to requesting licensure from TDOE)

  • EDUC 570 Introduction to Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
  • EDUC 571 Extending and Refining Knowledge of Teaching and Learning (6 hours)
  • EDUC 580 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Environments (3 hours)
  • C&I 509 Content Literacy (3 hours)

Completion of PHASE I leads to provisional licensure                                            

 

PHASE II (Completed during first year of Job Embedded placement –Successful submission of edTPA Portfolio in licensure area is required to pass EDUC 593)

  • EDUC 593 Job Embedded-Two semesters (6 hours- 3 credit hours per semester)

Optional MEd Degree Program—18 additional contract hours

               

PHASE III (Must be completed within three years of beginning Job Embedded placement)

  • EDUC 572 Early Childhood and Adolescent Child Development (3 hours)
  • C&I 501 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hours)
  • C&I 502 Structured Learning Environments (3 hours)
  • EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 511 Research and Statistics (3 hours)
  • EDUC 592 Equity Issues in Education (3 hours)

Total Core Requirements: 42 credit hours

 

Special Education Interventionist K-8 or 6-12 and Comprehensive K-12 Add-On Endorsements

This program is designed for teachers holding a Tennessee teaching license who have a baccalaureate degree and wish to earn an add-on endorsement in Interventionist K-8/6-12 or Comprehensive K-12 Special Education. The following courses are required for Interventionist K-8 or 6-12 Add-On Endorsement: 

  • SPED 530- Special Education and Law, Policies & Ethics (3 hours)
  • SPED 540- Students at Risk & Their Families (3 hours)
  • SPED 550- Managing Academic & Social Behavior (3 hours)
  • SPED 560- Screening, Assessment & Identification (3 hours)
  • SPED 570- Responsive Teaching for Literacy Instruction (3 hours)
  • SPED 572- Responsive Teaching for Mathematics Instruction (3 hours)

Special Education Interventionist K-8

  • SPED 545 Methods of Literacy, Language & Communication (3 hours)
  • EDUC 578 Reading Diagnosis & Correction (3 hours)

OR

Special Education Interventionist 6-12

  • SPED 545 Methods of Literacy, Language & Communication (3 hours)
  • SPED 565 Transition & Employment for Students with Disabilities (3 hours)

Total required hours to be recommended for Interventionist K-8 or 6-12 Add-On Endorsement: 24 hours

For those teachers who wish to earn the Master of Education in Initial Teacher Licensure degree plus recommendation for add-on licensure, the following additional courses are required:

  • EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 511 Research and Statistics (3 hours)
  • SPED 571 Methods for Teaching Students with MSD (3 hours)
  • SPED 573 ABA & Autism (3 hours)

Total required hours for MEd degree in Initial Teacher Licensure: 36

 

The following courses are required for Comprehensive 6-12 Add-On Endorsement:

  • SPED 530 Special Education and Law, Policies & Ethics (3 hours)
  • SPED 541 Students with MSD (3 hours)
  • SPED 550 Managing Academic & Social Behavior (3 hours)
  • SPED 560 Screening, Assessment & Identification (3 hours)
  • SPED 571 Methods for Teaching Students with MSD (3 hours)
  • SPED 573 ABA in Autism & MSD (3 hours)
  • SPED 545 Methods of Literacy, Language & Communication (3 hours)
  • EDUC 578 Reading Diagnosis & Correction (3 hours)
  • SPED 565 Transition & Employment for Students with Disabilities (3 hours)

Total required hours to be recommended for Interventionist K-8 or 6-12 Add-On Endorsement: 27 hours

For those teachers who wish to earn the Master of Education in Initial Teacher Licensure degree, the following additional courses are required:

  • EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
  • EDUC 511 Research and Statistics (3 hours)
  • SPED/EDUC 595 Special Topics in Special Education (3 hours) (elective as approved by program director)

Total required hours for MEd degree in Initial Teacher Licensure: 36

         

Masters in Initial Teacher Licensure Admission requirements include, but may not be limited to:

  • Submission of an application complete with application fee and three recommendation forms. Program application
  • Submission of one official transcript from each regionally accredited college/university attended, documenting a cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, as reported on the baccalaureate degree transcript.
  • One copy of pre-admission test scores, taken within the past seven years and passed with minimum scores required for admission. These may be ACT (22), SAT (1020), MAT (375), GRE (284), or the PRAXIS® Core (Reading 156, Writing 162, and Mathematics 150).
  • Candidates must pass a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation background check.

 


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